Hi Mia, We are a new magazine ‘Polo Lady’- devoted to ladies polo. This is our first issue and we are supported by many polo clubs, polo organisations and renowned female players. We are delighted to include news on different ladies tournaments, share stories of success, taking lessons with professional players and study the rules of the game with professional referees. In this magazine you will also find articles on diets, training for tournaments, and feature polo news from television programs, films and the internet. We will also be organising photography contests and inform you about new polo schools. Our main focus is on life stories, events and women.
We would love to receive your feedback and comments on the magazine.
MIA- “I think this magazine will be good to promote ladies polo and attract attention on this sport. The idea is excellent! ”.
Although you are so young, you play surprisingly well and have your own personal style and will undoubtedly achieve great success in the future. To date how have you achieved the high standard you play? Is it genetic, hard work or your passion for polo?
MIA. “It is my passion for polo and horses. My Dad also helps me get better every day”.
Who is your trainer? How many times a week do you train? How many horses do you change over when you are training?
MIA- “My trainer is my father Adolfo Cambiaso. I train every day after school. I have 6 horses and my father also lends me one of his ponies”.
How do you normally train? How do you start your training? Is it special training?
MIA- “I play almost every day. It is not special training. I play because it comes naturally to me”.
What would be your advice for beginners?
MIA- “I don’t think I can give any kind of advice yet but I’m going to repeat what my father says to me – It is very important to ride a pony well”.
Any other tips?
MIA- “I think riding the horse well is more important than hitting the ball. Once that is achieved, hitting the ball and practicing improves your game”.
What is your goal in polo? What would you like to achieve?
MIA-“I never set myself a goal or anything like that in polo. I only play because I like and enjoy it”.
What would you like to improve in your game? What are you working on?
MIA-“I would like to hit better and manage to hit the ball through the arch. I often hit it out but only a little bit”, she laughs. “I try to improve this when I practice”.
You played a lot Ladies Polo Tournaments. Many people watched you playing in a team with Milagros and Candelaria Fernández Araujo. Maybe you didn’t know but people called you the “three mermaids” because like in ancient mythology you were half birds, half women and we were all fascinated by your gift.
Can you tell me a bit about this tournament? It was the first in Sotogrande and they are planning to make it larger this year.
MIA- “I have played many tournaments with Cande and Mila. We have great fun together. The tournaments were excellent because I could play with the girls”.
Which tournament has meant more to you in recent years?
MIA- “The one I have just finished playing in (18th October). 18 goals at the Argentina Polo Association game. Luckily we won the game with Cande, Mila and Sunny Hale who came from the USA to play with us. Also Dad lent me a clone horse of ‘Candelera’, his best mare. She was so good!”
Do you have any plans for next year? Do you know where you are going to play?
MIA- “I don’t have any plans yet, but I’m sure I will continue playing with Cande and Mila”.
Doesn’t it affect your school work? How are you coordinating both? How do you study when you travel?
MIA- “I go to school all day from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. A few times a week I leave school to practice with considerable players or I play polo with other boys after school. When we travel a teacher comes with us. She contacts our teachers in school in Argentina so we do the same lessons as our classmates and keep up the work”.
What do you like doing when you are not playing? Do you have any hobbies?
MIA-“I play almost every day but when I’ m not playing we organize parades in La Dolfina Polo Ranch with Maria Chavanne and other friends. We sometimes go for a drive with Dad and Mila”.